Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer, made in China in 2008, in tuxedo black and white. This has got to be one of the more practical 'pointy' guitars going around; the body is well balanced when both sitting and standing, the moderately hot passive pickups are versatile and crunchy, and the tune-o-matic bridge and stop tail piece combo are very solid. This particular example is in great shape, both in terms of cosmetics and playing condition. Between a setup with 11/50s and the Grover machine heads, it feels very sold and holds tune brilliantly. It's got a nice bitey crunch with a full, defined midrange and feels most at home playing big rhythm parts. These go for around $1k new, so grab a bargain with attitude to burn.
Model: Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer
Made: China, 2008 (serial 0807200314)
Finish: gloss black, white guard
Neck: korina, rosewood board, slim D shape, dot inlays
Mods: Grover machine heads fitted
Pickups: Original Epiphone Alnico Classic covered humbucker
Cosmetic condition notes: Minor finish wear. There's a couple of longer shallow scratches on the back and a handful of surface-only scratches and dings around the body, but you have to be looking very closely to see any of it. Guard and chrome in good condition. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, there's heaps of life in them. Setup with fresh 11/50s and sounding big!